Scrambled grids ensure that student's attention is focused on what they are doing and not distracted by the overall image. This grid project is suited to more experienced students as it contains value and shading as well as considerable detail. Students reassemble the scrambled image using the grid coordinates. Download the preview for a free Mystery Grid Drawing worksheet.
In traditional grid drawing, an artist constructs a grid over their source image and a proportionately identical one on their target surface. This serves three purposes: (1) A complex image is reduced to a series of simplified parts. (2) The grid itself serves to keep the drawing in correct proportion by using coordinates to properly locate aspects of the image. (3) Finally, when one truly focuses on one square at a time, the left-brain's interpretation of the overall subject matter is less likely to interfere with the right-brain's execution of the task.
As a right-brained drawing technique, mystery grids are particularly suited to addressing left-mode issues. The original image is intentionally scrambled to deny the left-brain access and facilitate a shift to a more beneficial mode of mental processing.
My Mystery Grids are also available in bundles!
If you'd like to introduce grid drawing as a new concept to your students, you may find my introductory series beneficial.
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